Oklahoma has worked hard to get itself in the front of the pack of States Most Hostile To Public Education. Maybe not number one (relax, Florida), but right up there. Ultra-low teacher pay. Slack charter rules
. The kind of state where the idea for improving education is to gear it more toward providing meat widgets
for employers. The kind of state where a serious idea about improving teacher pay is to fire half the teachers
and give their money to the remaining teachers, who will all teach twice as many students.
So it wasn’t a huge surprise last year when teachers in the state walked out. While they didn’t get everything they wanted, they were still confident that they has sent a message to the legislature.
Apparently some legislators misunderstood the message.